Jerome Sude, O.D.
Chairman, OD Excellence
Dr. Sude is Chairman of OD Excellence, LLC, and has extensive experience in establishing multiple optometric sites, including developing one of the largest optometric/ ophthalmologic small chains in the U.S. He is an international author, and has been a practice management speaker to several contact lens companies. Dr. Sude is former Midwest Medical Director for Sauflon. Currently he is EVP of the Novus Clinic, a multidimensional group of optometrists and ophthalmologists. He is a Past President of the American Society of Eyecare Specialists and a former President of the Summit County Optometric Society.
Jim Grue, O.D.
Director of Health Policy Integration for OD Excellence
Dr. Jim Grue joined EMRlogic in 2006, specializing in the development of software as a clinical solution that would exceed health care reform and pay-for-performance standards and is now their VP Clinical Outcomes & Connected Care.
Retired from full-time practice, he has been an avid observer of all that happens in Washington pertaining to health care, and eye care in particular. Jim is a frequent speaker on health care reform and its implications for eye care. He is generally considered one of the significant thought leaders of the eye care profession. Dr. Grue is a graduate of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry.
John A. McGreal Jr., O.D.
Director of Professional Education, OD Excellence
Dr. McGreal is a graduate of Albright College and the Pennsylvania College of Optometry. He was Chief of Eye Services at Greater Atlantic Health service in Philadelphia, where he also had a private practice. He was a founding partner in Vision Care Consultants, a managed eye care company in Pennsylvania. He was Center Director and Vice President for Vision America Incorporated for seven years. Currently, he is Director of the Missouri Eye Associates, a medical and surgical private practice in St. Louis.
He is adjunct faculty at the University of California, Berkeley School of Optometry, the Pennsylvania College of Optometry and the University of Missouri. He is internationally recognized for his educational endeavors. Dr. McGreal served on the continuing education committee for the North Central States Optometric Council and is past member of the Congress continuing education subcommittee of the American Optometric Association.
He is a clinical examiner for the National Board of Examiners in Optometry; he was the 42nd Peter’s Memorial Lecturer at the University of California; and the Nussenblatt Lecturer at the University of Houston in 2004. Dr. McGreal was the 1998 Missouri Optometrist of the Year, and the 2005 University Of Missouri School Of Optometry Educator of the Year.
Valerie Manso, ABOC, FNAO
Director of Staff Education, OD Excellence
Valerie is the President of Manso Management Resources, Inc., a training and development company specializing in the ophthalmic industry. Valerie is also VP of Sales and Education for BluTech Lenses. As a 40+ year veteran of the optical industry Valerie brings a wealth of expertise to her current role. Her experiences include 14 years in retail fulfilling many functions starting as Store Manager and climbing to Director of Retail Operations for a 60-store retail chain. Valerie developed programs for, and lectured at every major industry conference including, Optifair, Vision Expos, EyeQuest, SESDO, NECO, OAA, SECO and more.
When Sola Optical USA Inc. decided to aggressively grow their all-important premium spectacle lens business, they called on Valerie to join their management team as Director of Lens Consultants in April 1988. During her 5-year tenure with Sola, Valerie created, developed and managed the most successful detail force in the ophthalmic spectacle lens industry. Her growth and development continued during her Sola years with promotions to Director of National Accounts, and Director of Account Management, Training and Development.
In 1992 Valerie started Manso Management Resources Inc., a consulting company focused on training, business development and organizational development within the ophthalmic industry. Valerie's skills and experiences are used with a variety of clients such as, OfficeMate Software Solutions, Optical Dynamics, Detroit Optometric Centers, Insight Optical, Cohen’s Fashion Optical, Sterling Optical, New York Eye, Alcon Laboratories, WalMart Stores, Inc., Kaiser Permanente, Younger Optics, Safilo USA, Signet Armorlite, Eyecare Business Magazine, Vision Expo (East and West), Vision Care Product News, Optometric Management Magazine and many more.